Fellow Alfa lovers,
I have been trying to decide if I should begin a thread about my efforts to restore my 1964 Giulia Spider. After all, George Kraus, Pat Hung and others created great threads; what could I possibly add to the discussion? Pat said I should not worry about others had or had not done, but just share the story, so here goes.
I "discovered" Alfa Romeos in the fall of 1965 when I was a senior in high school (a '59 Super Spider). It would be 13 years later before I would buy my first Alfa; a '75 Holland Blue Alfetta 2.0 sedan. An '88 Red Milano Verde would follow in the summer of '90. In spite of the Alfa bugs that plagued both, I really loved those cars.
In February, 2014, I discovered the ALFABB and began reading all the threads I could find on buying, repairing, rebuilding and restoring Alfa Spiders. I asked dozens of questions and received lots of guidance about owning such a car.
In May, 2014, I decided to buy a 101 Giulietta Spider. After dealing with a host of scammers and junkers, (and just missing out on some truly great cars that were sold just before I discovered they were for sale), I had decided to just give up on the whole endeavor. Anyway, Miatas were everywhere for very good prices…
But I thought, "OK; just one more try." So, I opened the ever-present online Hemming's Classifieds and found a '66 Giulia Spider for sale. It was totally disassembled, except for suspension. Mike Besic had gone through both the engine and transmission; both were fine (I called Mike just to make sure).
It was in White Plains, NY; a "fur-piece away" (as my West Virginia grandmother would say) from Tulsa. I spoke with the owner several times who said he had purchased the car to restore with his sons, but he was much too busy to get to it, so he decided to let it go.
I had it inspected in NY and was told it was of “good driver quality”. Shortly after that, I read a thread on the BB about the car in which the opinions varied as to whether or not it would be a wise purchase. I thought I could hear Ricky Nelson singing: “Fools rush in…”
We struck a deal and my sons, Trey, David, and I made the 2,900-mile round-trip to Domenick's in White Plains and brought the Spider home to Tulsa. Road trips to buy Alfas are great fun